01 20, 2020

Building roller coasters at the library

By |2020-01-20T06:00:40-05:00January 20, 2020|

Sissy and Elena build a roller coaster through the shelves of our Headlands Branch.

Sissy and Elena build a roller coaster through the shelves of our Headlands Branch.

We transformed our Headlands Branch into a theme park during our Curious Kids program.

Kids built roller coasters with foam pipe insulation tubes and paper towel rolls. Then they sent marbles down them. They quickly learned that they could adjust their coasters to increase the speed of the marbles. Physics!

By the way, you can perform a similar experiment with pool noodles and marbles, if you want.

The kids see how much ballast their boats can hold before they sink.

The kids see how much ballast their boats can hold before they sink.

For bonus physics fun, the children also built boats from aluminum foil. Then they saw how many pennies they could stash on board before their boats sank.

Each month, we use games, activities, and even crafts to teach the tenets of STEAM. That stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math, if you’re unfamiliar with the acronym.

But there are a lot of ways the library can help your kid or you learn about science, tech, and more. Here are just five:

  1. Kids can check out the STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.
  2. Our Lake Branch has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.
  3. Visit the state-of-the-art makerspace at The HUB in Mentor High School. Library patrons can use The HUB’s laser engraver, heat press, large-format printer, and green-screen studio for school, work, and personal projects. We also have 3D printers that you can use at Main.
  4. Both our Main and Headlands branches host monthly STEAM programs. Full STEAM Ahead will meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at our Main Branch. Meanwhile, the next Curious Kids gathering is at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, at our Headlands Branch.
  5. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children
09 25, 2019

Chemical Reactions & Explosions

By |2019-09-25T10:09:41-04:00September 25, 2019|

Our kids learned about chemical reactions this week with some classic experiments, including making elephant toothpaste, filling a balloon with vinegar and baking soda, and (of course) mixing Mentos and Diet Coke.

Each month, we use games, activities, and even crafts to teach the tenets of STEAM. That stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math, if you’re unfamiliar with the acronym.

But there are a lot of ways the library can help your kid or you learn about science, tech, and more. Here are just six:

  1. Our Picking Up STEAM Club meets each month at our Lake Branch to explore the weird and wonderful world of science and math. The next meeting is 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.
  2. Our Lake Branch also has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.
  3. Additionally, kids can check out the STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.
  4. Our Main Branch is hosting another STEAM program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22. This time we’re focusing on technology.
  5. Kids can enjoy science experiments and other fun activities with the Curious Kids club at our Headlands Branch. The next meeting is at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14. See new things and challenge yourself to be more curious about our world.
  6. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children
07 6, 2019

Building landing gear & blasting off

By |2019-07-06T06:00:57-04:00July 6, 2019|

We learned about air pressure and built landing gear for our marshmallow astronauts when during our STEAM program last month.

Our young scientists tackled three projects in total.

First, they used balloons to learn about air pressure. They blew up balloons and let them fly across our zip lines, propelled by escaping air.

Then, the kids practiced cooperation, working together to “dock” their space craft.

Finally, they used a cup, index card and straw to build a vessel that would survive a 6-foot fall and protect its 2-marshmallow crew.

For those who aren’t familiar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math. And here are five resources we have for any family that want to learn more about these topics.

  1. Our Picking Up STEAM Club meets each month at our Lake Branch to explore the weird and wonderful world of science and math. The next meeting is 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.
  2. Our Lake Branch also has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.
  3. Additionally, kids can check out the STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.
  4. Our Main Branch is hosting another STEAM program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23. This time we’re focusing on art.
  5. Finally, our Summe Reading theme is A Universe of Stories. So we have plenty of programs scheduled for this summer that’ll have you seeing stars, including:

Marvelous Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday until July 22 on our Main Branch’s lawn. Each week the we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into space, planets and even aliens. Then, families can come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we’ll have stellar activities for kids. No registration is required to attend Marvelous Mondays or Freaky Fridays.

And that’s just a smattering of the dozens of programs we’re offering this summer. They are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at any of our branches.

Finally, everyone – kids, teens and adults – has a chance to win prizes when they participate Mentor Public Library’s Summer Reading program. The more people read and the more programs they attend, the better chance they have of winning.

05 28, 2019

NASA engineer to discuss Orion spacecraft at Mentor Library

By |2019-05-28T06:00:44-04:00May 28, 2019|

Learn about the NASA spacecraft that will take humanity beyond the moon during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about the NASA spacecraft that will take humanity beyond the moon during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

We’re hosting a program that will put stars in your eyes.

For one special evening, Aimee Bogner – an electrical engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center – will introduce everyone to Orion, NASA’s newest spacecraft, during a program at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at our Main Branch.

Orion is designed to take humans farther into space than ever before. Bogner will provide an overview of the Orion spacecraft, its scheduled missions, and NASA’s plans for future journeys to the moon and beyond.

For the first time in a generation, NASA is building a human spacecraft for deep-space missions that will usher in a new era of space exploration. A series of challenging missions awaits, and this new spacecraft will take humanity further than it has ever gone before, including to the vicinity of the moon and Mars.

Everyone is welcome to learn more at Bogner’s talk. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Learn from and about some of the experiments performed on the International Space Station during a special program on Monday, June 10, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Learn from and about some of the experiments performed on the International Space Station during a special program on Monday, June 10, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Coincidentally, our Summer Reading theme this year is A Universe of Stories. So throughout the summer, we’ll host different programs with space themes, including:

  • Making galactic jewelry at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at The HUB inside of Mentor High School. Teens can use the laser engraver in The HUB’s makerspace to create their own pendants and necklaces. By the way, as part of our summer reading program, we’re extending hours a The HUB. It be open and available to all (not just Mentor Schools students and staff) from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, starting June 3.
  • The stomp rocket challenge at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at tour Main Branch. Tweens and teens can make their own rockets using plastic bottles and PVC pipes.
  • The opportunity to learn about some of the experiments performed on the International Space Station at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at our Main Branch. Discover some of the combustion and fluid experiments that astronauts have performed in microgravity.
  • A tour across the Milk Way with our Amazing Race across the Galaxy at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, outside of the Read House. Kids will race across the galaxy, completing challenges at each planet where they stop.

Additionally, we’re hosting Marvelous Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday from June 3 to July 22 on the lawn of our Read House. Each week the we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into space, planets and even aliens. Then, families can come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we’ll have stellar activities for kids. No registration is required to attend Marvelous Mondays or Freaky Fridays.

And that’s just a smattering of the dozens of programs we’re offering this summer. They are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, you can call us at any of our branches.

Finally, everyone – kids, teens and adults – has a chance to win prizes when they participate in our Summer Reading program. The more people read and the more programs they attend, the better chance they have of winning.

04 27, 2019

Duck when you enter the Drone Zone

By |2019-04-27T06:00:21-04:00April 27, 2019|

Kids design

Kids design buildings out of note cards and tape during our STEAM program at Mentor Public Library.

The kids who came to our STEAM program on Tuesday designed buildings out of note cards and tape. Then they tried to navigate drones through their skylines. The design and engineering went well.

The drones… well… you can see for yourself.

For those who aren’t familiar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math. And here are five resources we have for any family that want to learn more about these topics.

  1. Our Picking Up STEAM Club meets each month at our Lake Branch to explore the weird and wonderful world of science and math. The next meeting is 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.
  2. Our Lake Branch also has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.
  3. Additionally, kids can check out the STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.
  4. Our Main Branch is hosting another STEAM program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28. This time we’re focusing on technology.
  5. We have a new coding club at our newest location — The HUB (which is inside Mentor High School.) Join us at 3:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. In this self-paced club, kids (fourth grade and higher) can earn badges as they reach certain milestones. Earn all the badges to become a Programming Wizard! The next meeting is May 7.

Finally, don’t forget about the thousands of books and videos we have to offer. Whatever niche of science, technology or art your child cares about, we can help them learn more about it.

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